Q: A friend of mine has brain cancer and after a melee of treatments, has developed issues with memory retention. Could vitamin D help improve her memory?
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In terms of your friend, chemotherapy can cause serious damage to the brain. This problem is unfortunately well known and even has a name, “chemobrain.” While B vitamins are most often associated with brain and nerve health, there is increasing evidence that vitamin D is important for the brain, as it is throughout the body. And new research shows that complete, natural vitamin E has brain benefits, too
I also recommended a high-quality vitamin B complex and 5,000 IU per day of vitamin D, which can be taken in liquid form if your friend prefers. Berberine is also a very potent herb with brain benefits, as well as the carotenoid lutein. Optimal nutrition is also important before, during, and after chemotherapy.